Tabnak – While the United States is still searching for ways to increase pressures on Iran with both nuclear and non-nuclear excuses, other Western countries insist that the nuclear deal should remain intact. IAEA for its part has once again confirmed Iran’s commitment to the deal.
While in Washington to meet the high-ranking American officials, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called for commitment to the Iran nuclear deal. According to him, Iran nuclear deal makes the world safer and that’s why it is vital that the international community sticks to the deal.
Johnson was in Washington on Wednesday to discuss the international deal in the face of attempts by US president Donald Trump against the accord. He met with New York House Representative Eliot Engel, a Democrat, on Capitol Hill.
Meanwhile, in remarks elsewhere, the top British diplomat told reporters that he would visit Iran "in the course of next few weeks.”
"What I’m doing here is obviously trying to make sure that the Iran nuclear deal is kept going. That is, I think one of the great triumphs of diplomacy in the past 20 years or so,” he said. "What we’re trying to do is work with our American friends to find ways of protecting that call of the deal.”
The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini was another Western official to clarify her position about the deal. She believes that the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers has nothing to do with the Islamic Republic’s national missile program, emphasizing the importance of keeping the multilateral pact "as it is.”
Speaking to reporters ahead of a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, Mogherini said Iran’s missile program or its regional polices are not related to the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Mogherini further said the EU attaches "great importance” to "keeping the Iran nuclear deal up and running,” adding that during her recent visit to Washington she had discussed the issue with US officials.
"For us, it is very important to keep the nuclear agreement as it is -renegotiation is not possible in our view and you do not change an agreement that is delivering,” she added.
In another development regarding the Iran Deal, the UN's nuclear inspections chief rejected claims by US President Donald Trump and other administration officials that his agency's enforcement of the Iran nuclear deal has been "weak."
"We have had access to all the locations that we needed to visit, and this should continue," he said, adding that inspectors have been able to turn up at Iranian sites with as little as two hours' notice and were given access in more than 90 percent of cases.
It should be noted that the UN nuclear watchdog has in eight reports confirmed Iran’s commitment to the terms of the JCPOA struck in 2015 between Tehran and the P5+1 states – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US plus Germany.
However, under President Donald Trump, who took office more than a year after the JCPOA was signed, Washington has at various times attempted to either scrap the agreement or open renegotiations to change its terms.